The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost

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The Right Path and Regret Have you ever chosen what seems to be the perfect path in life, and yet later came to regret it feeling remorse in the thought of what could have been? Profound poet Robert Frost depicts this dilemma in his poem “The Road Not Taken." "The Road Not Taken" is a narrative poem consisting of four stanzas of iambic tetrameter and was published in 1916 in the collection Mountain Interval. In this poem, Robert Frost uses title, imagery, and theme to complicate and lead the reader to unknowingly misunderstand the poem. Through careful explication of these elements of Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” one may discover the true meaning to the ironic and trivial poem that has endured the many generations of poetry: that no matter what road you travel down in life, the key is to never look back. Initially, Robert Frost’s complication of “The Road Not Taken” begins with the title of the work itself. Often mistaken for The Road Less Traveled, the title is undoubtedly ironic to the actual facts written in the poem. For example, the title suggests clearly that one road faced has been worn, and the other not traveled. However, the poem clouds the meaning of the title. As he stands carefully stripping the paths of their qualities, he must discern between the first and the latter; the speaker gazes down the second path and announces: Then took the other, as just as fair And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that, the

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